Cooking up ideal kitchen
News from Chicago Tribune:

Every summer, House Beautiful magazine erects a pavilion in New York’s Rockefeller Plaza and asks a renowned designer to make his or her ideal kitchen come to life there for a week. Called the Kitchen of the Year, it is open to the public as a demonstration kitchen and a showplace.

Unveiled in July, the 2012 Kitchen of the Year was created by Mick De Giulio of de Giulio kitchen design, based in Wilmette. De Giulio, an A-lister in the kitchen design world, is sought after by individuals and companies worldwide.

De Giulio offered tips on how to make your next kitchen more livable, functional and beautiful using the Kitchen of the Year as an inspiration.

Choose a theme. When starting a new kitchen project, come up with a theme that will guide your choices.

De Giulio’s Kitchen of the Year was inspired by the casual aesthetic of a Scottish fisherman’s cottage.

“The structure they gave me was a pavilion,” De Giulio said. “It was a little bit like a cottage, so I went with that idea. It informed all my decisions.”

The subtle, casual, clean look of a seaside cottage was achieved through deft layering of textures and materials in a serene, whitewashed color palette, De Giulio said. Sleek, snow-white appliances, pristine countertops and luxurious tiles contrasted with rustic and nautical light fixtures. A wood-beamed ceiling and d…………… continues on Chicago Tribune

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Kitchen designer Barbra Bright
News from San Francisco Chronicle:

On aesthetic: The kitchen is where people gather the most. Even if you don’t cook, you are there every day. You’re there opening the refrigerator to get something to drink, you’re making coffee, you’re washing dishes. The kitchen I specialize in is a modern aesthetic.

On background: I was basically an Army brat. I grew up all over the world. I was born in Korea, and I lived in Germany, Korea again. We moved to the United States when I was 11. I graduated from Fairfield High.

On career: I was a dancer in a band called SRO (Soul Rock Orchestra). I danced with SRO for nine or 10 years. It was MTV-ish. I used to joke that once I got offstage, people didn’t recognize me because I had my clothes on.

On retraining: One of the people who would come to our shows was a gentleman called Larry Lowenthal. He asked if I was interested in becoming a design assistant at his kitchen showroom, which was really odd because I don’t cook. He has four showrooms call…………… continues on San Francisco Chronicle

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